2013 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix team radio transcript

2013 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Yas Marina, 2013The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix didn’t produce the same kind of drama on the team radio were heard in India but there was still plenty going on.

Both Toro Rosso and Caterham chose to rearrange the running order of their drivers during the race for strategic reasons. In Caterham’s case Charles Pic was urged to move aside many laps after Giedo van der Garde first pointed out he was being held up by his team mate, and Pic was given instructions on his driving style on more than one occasion.

There was an abrupt change of tone on Felipe Massa’s radio towards the end of the race. Early on his pace was “perfect” and Rob Smedley had cheered his passing moves on the likes of Lewis Hamilton while updating him on his position relative to team mate Fernando Alonso.

But in the final stint Massa’s switch to medium tyres cost him time and Alonso, who was never heard from all race on the team radio (except by proxy), came out ahead.

At the end of the race Sebastian Vettel’s seventh consecutive win was the cue for more doughnuts and some amusing messages which harked back to the most celebrated team radio moment of 2012.

2013 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix team radio transcript

Lap* From To Message
PR Francesco Nenci Esteban Gutierrez 15 to go.
PR Marco Schupbach Nico Hulkenberg Ten minutes to go.
PR Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton Brake material is now as you had in qualifying. Didn’t look too bad, just replaced it as a precaution. So we’re confident it should be good. We’ve gone up two degrees on the front wing. As you said we’ve got plenty of scope on the diff so make sure you use that. Have a think about your starting torque mode, you dropped it down to torque two on those opening laps. Maybe torque three will be good for the first stint but I’ll let you judge that one.
PR Lewis Hamilton Peter Bonnington In terms of aero balance, where are we compared to where we were in quali.
PR Jock Clear Lewis Hamilton So Lewis compared to where you were at the end of qualifying you will be about half a percent further forwards on aero balance.
PR Lewis Hamilton Jock Clear OK that’s good.
PR Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton So where we are at the moment now Lewis we will definitely come down the two turns on the front wing for the [medium] tyre unless we hear from you. It’s important to give us that feedback middle of the stint whether it’s a front issue or rear issue you’re suffering on the tyres. We are expecting front-right graining. You know that you’ve got to protect it through sector one, particularly turns one and three.
PR Lewis Hamilton Peter Bonnington That’s blowing hot air. It’s blowing hot air at me.
PR Lewis Hamilton Peter Bonnington Guys I just want to say thank you so much for all the hard work getting the car ready. Especially also this morning, you know, I just really appreciate it.
PR Simon Rennie Mark Webber Switches are all set for the start: Mixture five, torque one, and we’re in clutch six for this start. After we’ve turned the pit limit off we’ll do the normal procedures. Go KERS 7-8-7 and when we put you on the ground when the blankets come off with 30 seconds to go do two static bite points, remember hard on the brakes for that.
PR Mark Slade Kimi Raikkonen There are four other cars on [mediums] in front of us. So Button, Sutil, Gutierrez and Bottas.
PR Simon Rennie Mark Webber Everybody is on [softs] apart from Button in 12th, Gutierrez, Bottas [in] 15th, 16th and Raikkonen at the back also on [mediums] everybody else on [softs].
PR GianPiero Lambiase Paul di Resta 30 seconds, Paul.
PR Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton Go into RS modes now please and overtake button on.
FL Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Cancel RS [distorted].
FL Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Cancel RS, all gears are learned.
FL Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel Gearbox is good and engine is on target so we need 20% KERS.
FL Tony Ross Nico Rosberg No boost at the moment and we’re looking for two burn-outs out of turn eight and turn nine and a lift-and-coast into eight please.
FL ? Giedo van der Garde Giedo we need to use the seventh gear synchronise so seventh gear and little bit throttle please in two seconds.
FL Bernadette Collins Jenson Button Keep warming the brakes. Yellow G1.
FL Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel Good clutch prep so straight to your box, focus on KERS at the start and KERS 8 when you stop.
FL Paul Davison Jules Bianchi Mixture two, Jules, two burn-outs and the rolling bite point as you come up to your grid slot.
FL Simon Rennie Mark Webber This is a red start. Remember react to the beep quickly, use KERS in gear two.
1 Jenson Button Dave Robson Button collided with Di Resta on the first lap.
Damage: front wing.
1 Dave Robson Jenson Button OK Jenson how bad is the damage, how bad is the balance?
1 Jenson Button Dave Robson Quite a lot of understeer. Can you see it in the data?
1 Dave Robson Jenson Button OK Jenson we are going to need to box this lap.
1 Jenson Button Dave Robson Tyres are still OK though.
1 Dave Robson Jenson Button OK Jenson one more lap, stay out one more lap.
2 GianPiero Lambiase Paul di Resta Information: Button front wing damage and Raikkonen has retired.
2 Dave Robson Jenson Button Confirming box this lap.
2 Jenson Button Dave Robson Box this lap.
2 Dave Robson Jenson Button This will be front wing and the [soft] tyre.
3 Marco Matassa Daniel Ricciardo Button will box this lap.
3 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Temperatures: fronts are stabilising so you can go forward on brake balance, rearwards 16 as well
3 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton Hulkenberg has DRS.
3 Mark Temple Sergio Perez Field is bunched up behind so we think we will go to target lap.
4 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel +3.2 Rosberg. Rosberg 47.7.
4 Sergio Perez Mark Temple OK, it still OK with the car? I feel really slow in a straight line.
4 Mark Temple Sergio Perez We think everything is OK we will look into it.
4 GianPiero Lambiase Paul di Resta Multifunction seven P1 one when you can.
5 Gary Gannon Max Chilton Mix six, Max, for cooling, both cars.
5 Brad Joyce Adrian Sutil Track is clear, front-left tyre is high temperature.
5 Simon Rennie Mark Webber Brake balance one click forwards. Think about the lift in turn three and watch you slip.
5 Mark Webber Simon Rennie What’s wring with the KERS, mate?
5 Simon Rennie Mark Webber KERS 13. It’s a little bit empty at the moment, we’re going to charge it up. No more KERS this lap.
6 Giedo van der Garde Juan Pablo Ramirez Van der Garde was eventually allowed past Pic (see below)
Charles is holding me up a lot.
6 Juan Pablo Ramirez Giedo van der Garde Copy that. Just keep pushing.
6 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Gap to Webber two seconds, you’re doing a good job with that.
7 Tim Wright Charles Pic How are the tyres?
7 Charles Pic Tim Wright They are OK for the moment.
7 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel Make sure you can maintain this pace to give us flexibility, OK?
7 Lewis Hamilton Peter Bonnington Car’s OK, a little bit understeery.
7 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton OK Lewis, recommend half a turn rearwards on brake balance may help with the understeer. You also have torque three for more hand brake.
7 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton Push, push, push. Box, box.
7 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton We’re going to come down one-and-a-half turns for the [medium] tyre. Box, box. Pit confirm.
8 Phil Charles Jean-Eric Vergne Gearbox seven. Jev, Dan has converted to his strategy B, for your info. Keep going like you are, see if you can overtake.
8 Felipe Massa Rob Smedley Little a bit of degradation on the tyres, so…
8 Rob Smedley Felipe Massa Yeah you should do but we’re in line at the minute in what we think, so we’re still OK.
9 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Nico do you think you can do two more laps?
9 Nico Rosberg Tony Ross Yes.
9 Ayao Komatsu Romain Grosjean Box, Romain, no front wing adjust.
9 Marco Schupbach Nico Hulkenberg Kill the tyres but stay out for now, stay out this lap.
9 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel Webber is in the pits. You were +10 Webber.
9 Mark Temple Sergio Perez Five-tenths faster than Alonso last lap.
9 Dave Robson Jenson Button We’re going to box this lap.
9 Jenson Button Dave Robson I’ve got more time, there’s more time in the tyres, just so you know.
9 Dave Robson Jenson Button If you can maintain this pace for one more lap then we will do that.
10 Nico Rosberg Tony Ross The rear tyres are starting to drop now.
10 Simon Rennie Mark Webber Rosberg stayed out, need to keep pushing.
10 Rob Smedley Felipe Massa We have completed nine laps, just manage the pace.
10 Rob Smedley Felipe Massa Perfect, that’s good, green first sector. Just keep looking after the tyres, this is perfect.
10 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Box, boost to zero.
11 Dave Robson Jenson Button Can you do one more lap at this pace?
11 Jenson Button Dave Robson Roger, yes.
11 Dave Robson Jenson Button Understood, stay out.
11 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton That front-left is still above target. If we can’t make the pass we need to drop back and look after the tyres, target -2.
11 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg There will be a warm-up slope then after that target +.2 on the delta time. You have Vergne and Di Resta in front on used [medium] tyres.
12 Dave Robson Jenson Button That’s a good couple of laps. We are definitely box this lap so everything you can from this set now please.
12 Jenson Button Dave Robson OK box this lap.
12 Juan Pablo Ramirez Giedo van der Garde We need to improve turn two and turn three, and a bit the last part of the last sector.
12 Jules Bianchi Paul Davison How many laps with these tyres?
12 Paul Davison Jules Bianchi Recovery three, Jules, we need 19 more laps with these tyres. Mixture eight, it’s the same as mix two just better on exits.
13 Rob Smedley Felipe Massa Fernando saying that the front tyres are ‘one’ for him, so very degraded front tyres for Fernando.
13 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg On the [soft] you are rear wear limited. Front temperatures well under control now, even front and rear, go forward on brake balance.
13 Ayao Komatsu Romain Grosjean Your shifting too early from five to six and six to seven.
13 GianPiero Lambiase Paul di Resta We’ve broken Vergne’s DRS. There’s nothing wrong with this pace, Paul, come on.
14 Tim Wright Charles Pic Giedo is quicker in turn 18 and 21. You’re braking aggressively and your exit is poor. Rear tyres are at the limit. You can use quick-shift at turn eight and eleven.
14 Jenson Button Dave Robson What times are people doing in these tyres?
14 Dave Robson Jenson Button Checo last lap 1’48.3
14 Mark Temple Sergio Perez Let’s go for it, let’s get past Bottas, he’s half a second slower than us.
15 Rob Smedley Felipe Massa We have completed 13 laps. Gap to Fernando is stable at 3.4 seconds. This is absolutely perfect, just keep going.
15 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton If we can’t make the move stick then we’ll need to back off. Target traction 1,300.
15 Rob Smedley Felipe Massa Vettel is the car in front now. He’s already done his pit stop. Vettel five seconds in front. Tell me about the tyre. We have completed 14 laps.
15 Felipe Massa Rob Smedley Start to feel a little bit [distorted]
15 Rob Smedley Felipe Massa Understood, let’s see what we can do, we’re still good.
16 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Next car is Di Resta on used [soft] tyres. Gap to Webber is 1.5 seconds.
16 Andrea Stella Fernando Alonso Fernando box now, use all the KERS.
16 Nico Hulkenberg Marco Schupbach Way too much understeer.
16 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton We need to try and cool the car right-hand side,
16 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Go diff high-speed nine. Webber has now passed Vergne he is 1.5 seconds behind.
17 Phil Charles Jean-Eric Vergne Line, Jev, line.
18 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel Your pace is quite a bit better than other people on [medium]. That’s OK, just open up the gap progressively. We are on plan.
18 Rob Smedley Felipe Massa Fernando has pitted, he’s obviously come out. We should have two cars between us when we pit now. So let’s push on this lap.
18 GianPiero Lambiase Paul di Resta Rosberg and Webber behind on fresh mediums. They are seven laps old. Let’s reduce pedal crossover, Paul.
18 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg You have [DRS].
18 Rob Smedley Felipe Massa Box at the end of this lap. It is absolutely fine where you’re going to come out.
18 GianPiero Lambiase Paul di Resta I’d like you to push now, start to use up the rubber, push.
19 Francesco Nenci Esteban Gutierrez Box. Clutch eight. We go for [soft], front wing for [soft]? They degrade at the rear.
19 Esteban Gutierrez Francesco Nenci Minus two.
19 Francesco Nenci Esteban Gutierrez Copy, minus two.
20 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton We do need to cool the car.
20 Rob Smedley Felipe Massa Smedley is pleased with Massa’s track position as he rejoins the pits after his pit stop.
Oh you beauty, right in front of Hulkenberg.
20 Paul Davison Jules Bianchi Caterham’s lap time is starting to level out, they’re doing low 50s as well, let’s keep it up.
20 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel Target lap time: 47.0. Rosberg 48.0s.
20 Brad Joyce Adrian Sutil That was a good first sector, Adrian, keep pushing to keep the temperature in them now.
20 Adrian Sutil Brad Joyce Yes [distorted] now.
21 Dave Robson Jenson Button We are now in the window. Yellow G5. That’s the quickest way to the end.
21 GianPiero Lambiase Paul di Resta Nice clean stop, Paul, We will be racing Maldonado, minus one turn.
21 Phil Charles Jean-Eric Vergne Racing Di Resta out of the pits, think about your KERS.
21 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton You can afford to push, build the gap to Massa, we think he may be on a one-stop.
21 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton Temps look fine now you’re in free air.
21 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel You’re +26 Webber. He obviously stopped before you. I’ll give you his pace.
22 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg At the moment we suggest you keep a two second gap to Webber to look after the tyres. We need to keep an eye on the gap to Grosjean, though.
22 Mark Temple Sergio Perez Button was also advised to use X22 during practice to turn off the beeps which let him know when to use DRS, because they were too loud.
Use DRS, we need a default X22 to switch tones off.
22 Sergio Perez Mark Temple [Distorted.]
22 Giedo van der Garde Juan Pablo Ramirez Pic finally told to let Van der Garde through.
He’s holding me up a lot.
22 Tim Wright Charles Pic Charles, let Giedo past.
22 Charles Pic Tim Wright Why? We are in different strategy?
22 Tim Wright Charles Pic Giedo is faster than you. If Giedo does not pull away we will swap back.
23 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel You’re quicker than Mark in sector one. Save your tyres there.
23 Valtteri Bottas Jonathan Eddolls These tyres are starting to go
23 Jonathan Eddolls Valtteri Bottas Copy.
24 Tim Wright Charles Pic Charles let Giedo past in turn eight.
24 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel OK you’ve got a 14 second gap to next traffic.
24 Marco Matassa Daniel Ricciardo Tyre management is good. Looks after rear turn three. Gutierrez behind on [soft].
24 Jenson Button Dave Robson People getting quicker on their set?
24 Dave Robson Jenson Button Majority of the field are being held up by the early [medium] runners.
25 Mark Temple Sergio Perez We’re racing a mixture of one- and two-stoppers. We’re still sticking to plan A so we’ve got good pace in the end and able to attack.
25 GianPiero Lambiase Paul di Resta The soft tyre appearance was very good considering the stint lengths. Just watch out for traction on this set, especially at the beginning. We expect the guys ahead to pit within seven or eight laps.
25 Paul di Resta GianPiero Lambiase I don’t think I can overtake so I’m just looking after them.
25 GianPiero Lambiase Paul di Resta Good info.
26 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel Front wing feedback when you can.
26 Sebastian Vettel Guillaume Rocquelin At the moment I would keep the front wing.
26 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel Understood.
26 Rob Smedley Felipe Massa Massa passes Hamilton.
Oh, sweet. I like that.
26 Andrew Murdoch Pastor Maldonado Box now, 20 seconds.
26 Pastor Maldonado Andrew Murdoch Copy, box.
26 Lewis Hamilton Peter Bonnington I don’t know what’s wrong with the car, just no grip.
26 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton Copy that Lewis.
26 Jonathan Eddolls Valtteri Bottas You’ll be racing Pastor at the pit exit.
27 Marco Matassa Daniel Ricciardo Recovery three Daniel. And torque two, third sector.
27 Nico Hulkenberg Marco Schupbach No chance.
27 Marco Schupbach Nico Hulkenberg OK, Nico, come on, keep pushing. I give you more front flap for the high speed and I help you with the tyre pressure for the next set.
27 Nico Hulkenberg Marco Schupbach Censored by FOM.
Even low-speed now stability’s all ******.
27 Marco Schupbach Nico Hulkenberg Copy.
27 Rob Smedley Felipe Massa Good lad. Right, free track in front of us. Go on. Pace management now.
28 Andrew Murdoch Pastor Maldonado Need you to look after this tyre set, we’re taking it to the end. The other car’s on a different strategy to us.
28 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton We need to cool the car right-hand side.
28 Mark Temple Sergio Perez Box this lap, confirm.
28 Sergio Perez Mark Temple OK.
28 Giedo van der Garde Juan Pablo Ramirez Balance is quite OK. It’s going to a little bit of oversteer now.
28 Dave Robson Jenson Button You will be racing Checo at the pit exit.
28 Dave Robson Jenson Button Checo and Hulkenberg at the pit exit.
29 Sergio Perez Mark Temple Hulkenberg is released from his pit box in front of Perez.
I nearly crash with the Sauber.
29 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Push hard now to get your pit window.
29 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel Van der Garde is getting blues. Be careful, he might not do the right thing.
30 Juan Pablo Ramirez Giedo van der Garde Let him past on the straight.
30 Juan Pablo Ramirez Giedo van der Garde Blue flag, Vettel. Let him past now.
30 Paul Davison Jules Bianchi Max is going to try and reach the end without stopping again. Max is going to try and one-stop only, so no more stops for him.
30 Adrian Sutil Brad Joyce Maldonado pushed me off the circuit so I had to cut the chicane.
30 Brad Joyce Adrian Sutil Copy that, Adrian.
31 Andrew Murdoch Pastor Maldonado Just keep your head down, just settle down and keep your head down.
31 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton We’ve got to do 26 laps on these tyres. We need to pull Massa into our pit window. He’s currently 1.9 seconds out of it. Last lap for Massa 47.7.
32 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel The longer we go, the stronger we are especially with a Safety Car. Don’t abuse the tyres.
32 Marco Matassa Daniel Ricciardo Push the oil button, Daniel.
32 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton Racing for position five. Massa is one second unsafe in our pit window. Last lap 48.0 for Massa.
33 Paul Davison Jules Bianchi Marussia scrap their plan to one-stop.
Box this lap, Jules. Both cars will stop again. A one-stop will not work, Jules, so box this lap, torque four, clutch six and three red lights. Mixture one, Jules.
33 Simon Rennie Mark Webber Engine 20.
34 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Box, boost to zero.
34 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel We can see the balance is stable but the tyres are wearing. We’re measuring tyre wear.
34 Nico Hulkenberg Marco Schupbach How long for Bottas’s stop? When is he going to the pits?
34 Marco Schupbach Nico Hulkenberg Will be around ten laps, Nico.
34 Phil Charles Jean-Eric Vergne Pace is good at the moment. If you feel the tyres are good for our strategy, pace is good.
35 Brad Joyce Adrian Sutil Most people ahead are on two stops. Perez behind is likely one-stop. So we need to defend that position.
35 Lewis Hamilton Peter Bonnington Which of the guys in front do I need to catch?
35 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton We’ve got Vergne and Di Resta, we need to pass them on-track. They are on [medium] tyres, Di Resta 13 lap, Vergne 16 lap. We’ve got 22 laps remaining.
35 Valtteri Bottas Jonathan Eddolls [Distorted.]
35 Jonathan Eddolls Valtteri Bottas Copy, understood.
36 Simon Rennie Mark Webber You need to use 80 KERS before the last corner.
36 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel You’re catching up a gaggle of nine cars who are fighting for position from P9 down.
36 Sebastian Vettel Guillaume Rocquelin Understood.
36 Marco Schupbach Nico Hulkenberg Ricciardo similar tyre age going to the end.
36 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton Vettel doing 46.4, you’re 46.8 so the pace is good. 20 laps remaining, so we just need to pass Di Resta and Vergne on-track, we’re catching them in.
37 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Tyres temperatures still good, 15 all round.
37 Dave Robson Jenson Button Starting to lose a little bit of tyre temperature so we can push a little bit through the high speed.
37 Valtteri Bottas Jonathan Eddolls Williams leaving race control in no doubt who cost Bottas time.
Blue flag.
37 Jonathan Eddolls Valtteri Bottas Copy, Chilton holding you up badly.
37 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel Box, torque map one and box.
38 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg If you’re happy with that pace, Nico, and it’s not damaging the tyres, just keep the pace like that. Tyre wear as I say 45% remaining and we’re doing less laps on this stint.
38 Mark Temple Sergio Perez Let’s use the KERS to get past Sutil. Try different strategies. Points are one place ahead. If we can get past Sutil we’re in the points.
38 Ayao Komatsu Romain Grosjean Massa turn one, Massa and Alonso turn one, use KERS.
38 Simon Rennie Mark Webber Tyres will be good to the end, tyres will be OK up till the end.
38 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Suggest you look after the tyres a bit now and then close on Webber for the end of the race. Tyre temperatures all OK.
39 Francesco Nenci Esteban Gutierrez The cars behind are closing the gap. You’re lapping 47.0, Ricciardo 46.7.
39 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton Massa in, he’ll be dropping behind.
39 Tim Wright Charles Pic Giedo is lapping in the 47s. Blue flag Grosjean then Alonso.
40 Brad Joyce Adrian Sutil We need to look after those rears. We need to make sure we can keep those rears. Watch the traction phases and also watch left-rear in the high speed.
40 Adrian Sutil Brad Joyce OK.
40 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel It’s all about being smart now, OK. So track limits, focus on braking, clean exits. No mistakes, that’s the plan, no mistakes.
40 Sebastian Vettel Guillaume Rocquelin Understood.
41 Tim Wright Charles Pic Charles you’ve improved in turn 21. 21 is better. But you are losing time in 5, 6 and 18 by going too fast into the corner on the brakes and losing in the mid and exit.
41 Rob Smedley Felipe Massa 16 laps to go so you can really push on the tyres now, you need to push on the tyres.
42 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton Vettel leading then Webber, Rosberg, Grosjean, Alonso, Di Resta, Vergne, Lewis, Massa, Bottas. Vergne ahead, 23 lap old [medium] tyres.
42 Lewis Hamilton Peter Bonnington Hamilton’s tone has a hint of frustration.
Thank you.
42 Mark Temple Sergio Perez Sutil has been told to look after his rear tyres, let’s stay on the attack.
42 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton Suggest boost ten out of turn nine, we’re not getting a full lap
43 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Try going rearward on brake balance at turn seven, just for front locking.
43 Paul Davison Jules Bianchi We’ve got four laps until a blue flag for Vettel than that should be the last blue flag of the race. Let’s try to build tyre temp, front -5, rear -5.
44 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton Black button on.
44 Dave Robson Jenson Button Green F4 for state of store. And use the orange E switch.
44 Juan Pablo Ramirez Giedo van der Garde Blue flag Rosberg and watch out for the front-left.
44 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel You’re the quickest car on track right now.
44 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton 12 laps remaining so you’ve got Di Resta in front of Vergne four seconds, we can get them both.
45 GianPiero Lambiase Paul di Resta Hamilton is through on Vergne, he was one second faster. Pick up the pace a little bit, Paul.
45 Jonathan Eddolls Valtteri Bottas Keep pushing, this is good pace.
46 Jenson Button Dave Robson Need information about the tyres. Do I push a little or take it easier?
46 Dave Robson Jenson Button All good. Maintain this pace.
47 Andrew Murdoch Pastor Maldonado Williams’ assessment proved optimistic.
Ten laps to go, start to close the gap, just manage these tyres until the end. You’re P12, there’ll be points for us today.
47 Pastor Maldonado Andrew Murdoch Copy that.
47 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Eight laps remaining end of this lap. Gap to Webber 4.8, gap to Grosjean 3.7. All similar lap times.
48 Francesco Nenci Esteban Gutierrez Special two till the end, keep pushing. People in front are fighting.
48 Rob Smedley Felipe Massa Massa had expected to be given the faster soft tyres for the medium stint but was put on mediums.
Pay attention now: Fernando has the soft tyre so he’s quick at the moment. Let’s see how they last.
48 Phil Charles Jean-Eric Vergne Press the oil button. Limit DRS where you can.
49 Gary Gannon Max Chilton Gap to Jules 2.3 seconds.
49 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel Be patient Sebastian, OK, be patient.
50 Mark Temple Sergio Perez Tyres are good to the end so let’s push, close up, pressure on Sutil.
50 Dave Robson Jenson Button As you can see you’re just coming up to Vergne he is really struggling, he’s in the high 1’49s.
50 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel Don’t overheat your tyres behind this guy, OK, just take your time.
50 Jonathan Eddolls Valtteri Bottas We need to let Vettel through otherwise we’re going to get a penalty.
50 Valtteri Bottas Jonathan Eddolls Copy that. I was pulling away. Doesn’t make any sense.
50 Jonathan Eddolls Valtteri Bottas Copy that, I agree.
51 Ayao Komatsu Romain Grosjean You can use overtake button on all straights.
51 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel You’re back in the gaggle of cars ahead, all fighting for position.
51 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel Anything can happen, they might have an accident and block the track, so be careful.
52 GianPiero Lambiase Paul di Resta Alonso has passed Hamilton, Alonso behind, he used KERS second straight.
52 Phil Charles Jean-Eric Vergne Need to let Daniel go, Jev.
52 Jonathan Eddolls Valtteri Bottas The cars in front will soon get blue flags for Vettel, use it as an opportunity to overtake them. Vergne struggling a lot.
52 GianPiero Lambiase Paul di Resta Hamilton is on the medium tyre, won’t have as good a traction.
53 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel Mate you’re +31 Webber, you can just sit back and watch the show ahead, OK?
53 Sebastian Vettel Guillaume Rocquelin Too late now I’m in the middle of the pack.
53 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel OK.
53 Marco Matassa Daniel Ricciardo Push behind Vettel, could be a good opportunity to close on other cars.
53 Mark Temple Sergio Perez Three laps to go, Sutil struggling in the middle sector, let’s keep the pressure and attack, we can get him.
54 Tim Wright Charles Pic You’ll get blue flags for Alonso, he’s 2.5 seconds a lap quicker than you.
54 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel If it’s too dangerous you can drop all the way back, OK? You can let Bottas and Ricciardo go by.
54 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel Bottas is by Ricciardo, you can let him by if you want, it’s up to you. If you’re comfortable where you are, stay there.
55 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel Last lap. Careful, the cars ahead are fighting for position. Anything can happen. Last lap.
VL Christian Horner Sebastian Vettel That was a world champion’s drive, well done, brilliant job.
VL Sebastian Vettel Guillaume Rocquelin Woohoo! Yes! Guys the car was absolutely wonderful. I don’t know what you’ve done, it was really, really good. Thank you. You don’t get to race cars like this too often. I love you guys. Yes! Yes, we gave everything we had.
VL Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel You did your job mate well done.
VL Sebastian Vettel Guillaume Rocquelin Happier now?
VL Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel Yeah, I’ve counted, that 125,000 dollars.
VL Christian Horner Sebastian Vettel By the way, you can pay that one!
VL Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel You do need to bring the car back, OK. Bring the car back into the pit lane.
VL Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel Sorry to be on your case but you do need to bring it home, OK? In the garage.
VL Sebastian Vettel Guillaume Rocquelin Ah… Let me quote: ‘yeah, yeah, yeah I know what I’m doing’
VL Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel Yeah. I’ve got the evidence to the contrary. You did pretty good today, though.
VL Sebastian Vettel Guillaume Rocquelin We were, we were. Thank you guys. Everything we did, we did it together. This year, last year, the year before, the year before, the year before. And the next years! Woo!
VL Christian Horner Mark Webber Well done Mark that was a very strong drive, great drive. One-two. Brilliant, well done.
VL Simon Rennie Mark Webber Shame about the start but nice job on Rosberg, very good.
VL Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Excellent job Nico so P3, well done.
VL Nico Rosberg Tony Ross Yeah thanks guys. I mean, sorry with Webber, could have been second today, but anyway…
VL Ross Brawn Nico Rosberg Brilliant job Nico that was a fabulous drive, well done. That was a really good, sensible, thoughtful drive Well done, great job.
VL Nico Rosberg Ross Brawn Thank you Ross.
VL Ayao Komatsu Romain Grosjean Well done Romain, P4, good drive today, good recovery.
VL Romain Grosjean Ayao Komatsu Yeah good job guys.
VL GianPiero Lambiase Paul di Resta Fantastic, fantastic, an absolute master class. Well done mate, P6. And for info a great team result: Sauber P13, P14. We were the only team to one-stop it. Both you and Adrian one-stopped it.
VL Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton I’m afraid that’s P7.
VL Ross Brawn Lewis Hamilton Lewis, good effort, didn’t quite have the car today but that’s some very important points so good effort, well done.
VL Rob Smedley Felipe Massa OK so P8. Lost a position, unfortunately. Vettel won it by 30 seconds to his team mate. Webber second, Rosberg third, Grosjean then Alonso. Di Resta sixth – he did a one-stop, he did almost the same as us – Hamilton, us, Perez, Sutil.
VL Mark Temple Sergio Perez Great job getting last Sutil on the last lap, really nicely done.
VL Sergio Perez Mark Temple Oh, what a race, man. Very difficult to get past. The traction was nowhere.
VL Mark Temple Sergio Perez Yeah we can see that from the TV. I think you did a really good job though getting past at the end there. Obviously we’ll have a look and try to understand why traction was so poor.
VL Brad Joyce Adrian Sutil Yes, we pitted you a little earlier than we would have done due to trying to cover some cars. So that’s why you had to do a longer stint on the soft tyre than predicted. You did a 27-lap stint on those so that was a good job.
VL Andrew Murdoch Pastor Maldonado P11 in the end. Good job from your side.
VL Dave Robson Jenson Button Jenson such a shame about the start. I think that is a fantastic, truly fantastic stint you just put together there. Great discipline, great tyre management and actually really good pace. Such a shame about the start but a great job.
VL Jenson Button Dave Robson Yeah, cheers. That’s what happens I guess when you’re down on the grid so far. But that’s where we got ourselves. Good to see we had a bit more pace this weekend. Just a pity we couldn’t really shot it in the race.
VL Dave Robson Jenson Button Yeah, absolutely. It’s a shame, I think, given how it panned out as well. The strategy we had and the tyre management plan we had was spot-on. We could have had a really good result. But as you say, that’s what happens when you qualify there.
VL Francesco Nenci Esteban Gutierrez So we are 13.
VL Esteban Gutierrez Francesco Nenci Copy. Thank you guys.
VL Nico Hulkenberg Marco Schupbach Car is not the same as all weekend. Struggling so much, unbelievable. Even in the stability, we’ve been good all, weekend, just disappeared today.
VL Marco Schupbach Nico Hulkenberg Copy that.
VL Jonathan Eddolls Valtteri Bottas Good drive, Valtteri. Remember to pick up rubber. Some good moves there. A drive that deserved a bit more than P15. Pastor was P11 in the end with his alternative strategy. But good job.
VL Valtteri Bottas Jonathan Eddolls Sorry about the first lap. Just all the guys with [softs] I got passed, couldn’t do much, sorry about that.
VL Jonathan Eddolls Valtteri Bottas Copy that. You weren’t the only one to struggle with warm-up on the [medium] at the start.

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25 comments on 2013 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix team radio transcript

  1. VL – Sebastian Vettel: Ah… Let me quote: ‘yeah, yeah, yeah I know what I’m doing’
    VL – Guilluame Rocquelin: Yeah. I’ve got the evidence to the contrary. You did pretty good today, though.

    They are like brothers: it’s fantastic to listen to at times!

  2. ME4ME (@me4me) said on 9th November 2013, 11:15

    Rocky sounded nervous when Vettel was in backmarker-traffic. I guess it shows how much they still wanted to win the race, and not risk anything. Also intersting as always to listen to Lewis comments. He really says how he feels, doesn’t he..

    • Nick (@npf1) said on 9th November 2013, 14:28

      Also interesting to note they went out of their way to mention van der Garde. I can’t remember Vettel ever tripping over backmarkers, but in his pursuit of fastest laps and maximising every lap, I understand Red Bull’s concern.

      Great stuff as always, @keithcollantine

      • Shena (@shena) said on 9th November 2013, 18:04

        @npf1 Maybe there were other occasions that haven’t been informed to the audiences though, seemingly the incident between him and Webber in Montreal was the trigger. From then on we kept hearing similar messages from Rocky.

        I can’t remember Vettel ever tripping over backmarkers

        Malaysia last year was the closest case I can recall.

        • Shena (@shena) said on 9th November 2013, 18:40

          Besides, the fact that in the last few races they were in the position where they could afford to lose a bit of time in order to avoid any sorts of dangerous situations with backmarkers probably made them more cautious than before.

      • xjr15jaaag (@xjr15jaaag) said on 9th November 2013, 21:02

        At Canada, Webber and van der garde collided because VDG was being a bit of an idiot

  3. Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 9th November 2013, 11:24

    We were, we were. Thank you guys. Everything we did, we did it together. This year, last year, the year before, the year before, the year before. And the next years! Woo!

    That says a lot from Vettel-Red Bull relationship.

    • OmarR-Pepper (@omarr-pepper) said on 9th November 2013, 13:29

      Haters will hate… but yes, @fer-no65 I agree with you. I know Red Bull hasn’t had really bad times recenty (at least not with Vettel) but it looks like total partnership going into the team. I hope Ricciardo blends in well, better than what Webber has experienced these years. (which of course wasn’t totally bad, as all his F1 victories have been with Red Bull too).

    • OmarR-Pepper (@omarr-pepper) said on 9th November 2013, 13:30

      yes, @fer-no65 I agree with you. I know Red Bull hasn’t had really bad times recenty (at least not with Vettel) but it looks like total partnership going into the team. I hope Ricciardo blends in well, better than what Webber has experienced these years. (which of course wasn’t totally bad, as all his F1 victories have been with Red Bull too).

  4. Has ever been a race when Hulk didn’t use bad words on the radio? ;P

  5. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 9th November 2013, 14:24

    FOM’s highlights video has just gone up and includes a clip from Alonso’s radio during the race of him complaining about Vergne, which wasn’t broadcast at the time:

    http://www.formula1.com/video/race_edits/

  6. Hairs (@hairs) said on 9th November 2013, 15:33

    Another race where McLaren’s tyre managers are telling button to take it easy or box, and he’s telling them there’s still pace or time left in them.

    Another example of why mclaren are going down the route of Williams, if they don’t stop the rot it will be difficult to get back. Winning is a habit.

  7. AldoG said on 9th November 2013, 15:51

    One more time, nothing from Alonso. Really odd.

  8. harish (@harishmech04) said on 9th November 2013, 19:24

    VL Sebastian Vettel Guillaume Rocquelin Ah… Let me quote: ‘yeah, yeah, yeah I know what I’m doing’

    Haha ..He’ll never end without having a say at his FINN’s

  9. Shena (@shena) said on 10th November 2013, 1:00

    Just noticed almost every race we get to hear long and detailed messages about start procedure from Webber’s race engineer. Probably FOM presume people are interested in them due to his tendency to have a bad start. Also there seems to be always more conversations between Mercedes pit wall and their drivers during pre-race and formation lap, though it could be that FOM just pick up theirs more often.

    I hope FOM cut down the number of Rocky’s messages aired on the channel. During a second half of a race like this one pretty much every message from him is telling Seb to bring the car home in the safest manner, which can be a little off putting for fans – obviously Crofty was one of t1hem. Don’t get me wrong, what Rocky’s doing is perfectly fine and some of them are actually quite funny. Still we can live with less of them, can’t we and there has to be more interesting conversations from other camps, I guess.

  10. magon4 (@magon4) said on 10th November 2013, 8:01

    I really like the Caterham policy of “let him pass, and if he’s not faster, we’ll let you pass him again”. I think that is fair and completely okay in terms of team order.

  11. when i see the team radio, i always see Rocky told Sebastian this and that, but we haven’t see the respond from Seb equally…..hmmm…maybe Seb just want to concentrate his race …..hahaha….

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